CBS CEO Les Moonves explained that Colbert would not host the show as his blustering character. “What you’re going to get is the real Stephen Colbert,” he said. “He said it’s time to do something different. If he’s going to be on our air for 20 years, as we all hope, it’s not humanly possible to keep that character going.”
Oh. Well then. Nevermind. Also “gimme your fingernails!”
I’ve heard a lot of people say that Colbert will need to leave politics behind him in order to appeal to The Late Show's audience. We're all so familiar with the satirical character he plays on The Colbert Report that it is difficult to imagine how he could host “as himself.” I think the possibility that he will cease the majority of his schtick is unlikely.
When The Late Late Show (the one that comes on after The Late Show) began under its original host Tom Snyder, it felt more like 60 Minutes, Dateline, or 20/20 than it did Letterman. But upon Snyder’s retirement then-host of The Daily Show Craig Kilborn took over. But Kilborn didn’t host Late Late by doing his best Tom Snyder impression. They completely reformatted the show to feel much more like Letterman and Leno’s shows. And Kilborn even took some of his Daily Show creations with him, such as his “Five Questions” segment. Other creations he passed on to Jon Stewart back at The Daily Show, such as “your moment of zen.”
I’m predicting that a Colbert-hosted Late Show will probably look a lot more like The Colbert Report than it does Letterman.
This video begins like you’re witnessing a slow and inevitable plane crash, bracing for impact.
But when it hits… damn! This is immaculate! I’m gonna be singing this for the rest of the year.
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